Philippe Sarde, the musical scriptwriter

PORTRAIT – The great composer of Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier and Pierre Granier-Deferre, released an anthology of one hundred film scores in June. Including the mythical one of things of life.

Philippe Sarde receives guests in a white T-shirt and black jogging near an immaculate piano on which several scores are placed. Gentle, attentive and vaguely worried – he feels physically fragile – he offers a coffee or a glass of water. Clotilde, his wife, sees to it that he lacks nothing, that he doesn’t get tired. After health concerns, already rare in the media, the official composer of Claude Sautet, Knight of Arts and Letters, takes the time to do things. Without ceasing to think about music. In June, a box set of one hundred film scores will be released for the first time out of the more than two hundred of which he is the author (Philippe Sarde, 50 years of French cinemaBMG label).

Nostalgic, tinged with sadness or mystery, or threatening, his melodies enrich the films, transcend the story, accompany the heartbeats of the characters. “They heighten the emotion”emphasizes their creator who considers himself a “music scriptwriter”. “I write the directors’ music…

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